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2. Arian Foster is the best cut-back runner in football.
If I were a Ravens fan, I'd be a little nervous after watching Foster casually pick apart the Bengals defense on Saturday. The Ravens are a lot more disciplined than the Bengals, especially when it comes to keeping backside contain, but no runner in football does a better job of sensing when the defense is over-pursuing and making them pay. Foster's brilliance starts with his patience, but he also has tremendous balance and acceleration. He can turn the corner, or he can knife his way through a tiny seam and turn what looks like it's going to be a 2-yard gain into an 8-yard gain. The Ravens did an excellent job bottling him up during the regular season, but he's still going to be a handful.
January 7, 2012